Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Friday, March 23: Jaap Blonk, Pauline Gloss & Tom Comitta
The Poetic Research Bureau presents...
& TOM COMITTA
Friday, March 23 2018
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Netherlands) is a self-taught composer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. In the early 1980s he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a specialist in the creation and performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence. He performs worldwide on a regular basis. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.
Pauline Gloss is a writer and literary sound-artist based in Los Angeles. Her language-sound work attempts to dramatize and expand language in its timbral, rhythmic, textural, and meaning-making dimensions. Pauline runs Spoken Records, a label specializing in the release of work in dialogue with the Text-Sound tradition. She has been written about favorably in art and music publications and has performed or had work shown in Los Angeles, London, and New York, at institutions including MoCA Geffen, Cal Arts, Resonance FM, The Lambda Literary Festival, Automata, Betalevel, and others.
Tom Comitta is the author of ◯ (Ugly Ducking Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread) and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011-2014 (Gauss PDF). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, VOLT and New American Writing, with two poems in The New Concrete (Hayward, UK), an anthology mapping “the rise of concrete poetry in the digital age.” In 2017, the Southern Theater, the Walker Art Center and other local organizations commissioned Comitta and Fire Drill to compose and stage Bill: The Musikill, an experimental musical, as part of Minneapolis's Momentum dance festival.